Christ – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Legos in the Deep http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/05/01/legos-in-the-deep/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/05/01/legos-in-the-deep/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 13:19:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4598 Like many, I passed this spring through Lent. It felt longer than in past years, because there has been a kind of Lenten work being done within me, it seems, since last fall. Nothing terrible, nothing traumatic, just a gradual scraping away of the soul’s fat, like miserable Eustace when Aslan sinks his claws into …

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Temple of bones http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/19/temple-of-bones/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/19/temple-of-bones/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:43:17 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4566 Every baptism in the Orthodox Church entails an exorcism, as I learned last Easter when I was baptized into the Church. It was nothing desperate and dramatic like some of us remember from The Exorcist; in truth the devil and his minions flee from Christ and the Cross, having been sundered by both. There was …

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The Cave of the Heart http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/24/the-cave-of-the-heart/ Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:41:13 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3760 Here’s an excerpt from my Christmas Eve post over at Good Letters: When I read about the boy hiding under his bed, first inviting the world he knew to watch him die, then hiding from it in that darkened place, I thought about the cave where a savior was born. I thought as well about …

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The obscured man http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/12/the-obscured-man/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/12/the-obscured-man/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:24:14 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3744 This is not a comment about the reasoning of a Slate essayist, who wrote recently that the white Santa is outdated. This is not a comment about the Fox News talking head who took umbrage, asserting that not only Santa, but also Jesus, is white. This is not a comment about the predictable crowds who …

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Sheep and wolves http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/04/24/sheep-and-wolves/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/04/24/sheep-and-wolves/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:55:35 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3677 Because I am a father I think about the parents of that boy torn to pieces, of his sister whose leg was taken. I think about those parents in Newtown, whose biggest Christmas purchases were coffins for their sons and daughters. I think on the parents of the killers, too, and sometimes I am afraid, …

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Benediction from a bad man http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/04/01/benediction-from-a-bad-man/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/04/01/benediction-from-a-bad-man/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:45:21 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3664 I guess I stopped writing about personal things here because I didn’t like the person I had become. I felt stupid, the faith and family writer who gets divorced. This was compounded by coming to DC and finding myself—though alongside very decent and honorable people—exposed as well to a few ugly people for whom gossip …

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On false compassion http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/04/on-false-compassion/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/04/on-false-compassion/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:08:41 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3640 The challenge when debating a liberal Christian is that he is bound by neither Scripture nor tradition but sentiment. He is therefore free to embrace both sin and sinner, and thereby appear more loving, more magnanimous, than his opponents. This magnanimity carries a subtle condescension, as in the first sentence of Dave Barnhart’s recent essay, …

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Ritual and vision http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/14/ritual-and-vision/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/14/ritual-and-vision/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:43:44 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3211 When I was a little boy, I was a pagan. Like our ancestors who had lost sight of God, yet saw visions of him in the luminescent peace of a harvest moon, or the spine-rattling fury of a thunderclap, I believed in supernatural things. I believed there were rituals and incantations to invoke them, or …

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Deeper than we know http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/21/deeper-than-we-know/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/21/deeper-than-we-know/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 02:23:53 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2264 “The Father turns His face away. . .”, goes the song. How comforting, then, to read in the 21st Psalm (22nd in the Protestant Bible): Nor has He turned away His face from me; And when I cried out to Him, He heard me. Which reminds us that Christ on the cross, while fully man and …

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The weeping Christ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/04/the-weeping-christ/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/04/the-weeping-christ/#comments Thu, 04 Mar 2010 15:35:12 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2201 From David Bentley Hart’s First Things article, “Tsunami and Theodicy,” rightly called once again to our attention, in light of recent disasters, by Civitate: “I do not believe we Christians are obliged — or even allowed — to look upon the devastation visited upon the coasts of the Indian Ocean and to console ourselves with …

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